I’ve been curious about Ben Hatke’s work for some time now and have wanted to read his Nobody Likes a Goblin, but I keep forgetting to get myself a copy. So, when I saw the cover of Julia’s House Moves On on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to read it and was glad that I was granted access to it. So shout out to the publisher — First Second. (Thanks!)
(So yea, I got an ARC from the publisher, but my review below is my honest opinion of the book.)
n/a (but there’s a book before this one with the same protagonist called Julia’s House for Lost Creatures)
September 29, 2020
Julia’s house is restless.
Julia and her family of lost creatures are ready to move on. But where will they go? And how will they get there?
Don’t worry—Julia has a plan for that! Julia always has a plan. But when Julia’s plans all fail…
What’s left for her? (Goodreads)
It’s a sweet little story about a girl who lives in a house that was built on the back of a giant turtle. In the previous book (Julia’s House for Lost Creatures), she had opened her house to lost creatures, and they all still reside with her in this book: goblins, trolls, a mermaid, and even a ghost.
But this time the house is restless, or rather, the turtle is, and despite Julia’s plans, things go awry leaving Julia castoff at sea until her friends pop up with a plan to save her.
I enjoyed it. It was sweet; it was simple, and I liked that her friends stuck with her through this unpredictable period, although it didn’t seem as if they would at first. It’s also a little silly in how the characters navigate the situations they are placed in. I think kids will like that about it.
I like it. There’s a lot of movement in it because of what’s going on in the scenes, but I also think it’s because of Hatke’s style for this picture book. There’s always some movement about Julia, even when she’s standing still, like her hair softly blowing in the wind.
I also like the colors used. Of course, I wondered what medium Hatke used. I believe acrylic paint, maybe…? (I always think it’s acrylic, lol.)
I read an electronic copy, so I was unable to take pictures of the illustrations to show a sample of it, but you can find some here.
A sweet story with silly moments that’ll make for a fun read.
Buy | Borrow | Bypass
I plan to check out more of Hatke’s books.